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Facebook app, sources say Microsoft sold 8,810 Kin phones

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu July 8, 2010

Nearly 9,000 Kins were sold, not 503

The recent rumor that Microsoft sold just 503 Kin One and Kin Two handsets is facing new evidence to the contrary. As Kin requires users to register the Facebook app on the actual site, the number of active users on the social network should effectively match the amount of Kins out there. At last count, that included 8,810 users.

A source reportedly near Microsoft told SAI that the information should be accurate.

The original rumor has no corroborating evidence, though the Kin effort was unquestionably a bust. Microsoft has also admitted their mistake, and since discontinued the project and building any more Kin devices. Kins were sold for about six weeks. Stories have circulated that even Palm, which has been struggling through much of 2010, had significantly more sales of its phone line on the same network.

Verizon is committed to supporting existing Kin devices and users but is now expected to stop selling the phones once it runs out of stock. [via PocketNow]

by MacNN Staff



  1. MacMan2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All of your MNM Media sites you run need to check sources before you post articles... Your almost as bad as Gwaker Media

  1. chas_m



    3 Friends

    That part's hilarious.

    Okay, so its not 503, but closer to 10,000.

    Given that the device cost MS millions to develop and market, I don't find either figure to be any less humiliating.

    So BWAHAHAHAHA anyway.

  1. Ryszard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Facebook user number not equal to Kin sold units.

    "The number of active users on the social network should effectively match the amount of Kins out there."

    OK, even if you buy that, this number most likely includes all current and past Microsoft product developers and in-house and outside testers, so it does not equal to the number of Kins actually sold.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow, this is way different!

    That's almost 210 sold each day it was available! I guess this means that the Kin was a blazing success.

    BTW, the 8810 includes those that were returned and demo units. Plus a few people do have more than one Facebook account. It is also possible that Microsoft gamed their own Facebook system, just so no one would think they're the only one who bought one.

    I never took the 503 number seriously. (There are 100 major cities in the U.S. and you'd think they'd do a bit better than five per city), but the 8,810 seems to be the upper limit sold. My guess is a bit more than 5,000.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah, but

    Did users HAVE to register the facebook app, or did they have to register it to use it? If the latter, it might be up to 8500 owners!

  1. Bengt77

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's official: the Kin did over seventeen times as well as expected! It sold 1760% of the estimates! That means the Kin was a hit, doesn't it?

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Dig them out of the dumpster!!!"
    -Steve Ballmer yells

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    500, 8500, 108500 whatever

    still a flop.

  1. baggy_pants

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As a curio at auctions in 50 years time. My original 'Revenge of the Jedi' pre-release posters (which I chucked because they were the wrong title) turned out to be worth quite a bit in the end.

    Keep one mint in a box I say.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Crazy Kids

    Can't believe the kin users have an average of 17-18 facebook accounts ;)

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